The city of Philomath is struggling to find applicants to fill vacancies on some of its volunteer committees. That’s the word coming down from City Manager Chris Workman’s office.

As the Philomath News reported on Dec. 2, the city needs to fill positions on the Planning Commission, Budget Committee and Park Advisory Board.

For anyone who has an interest in getting involved in local government, this is an opportunity to get your foot in the (City Hall) door (although we’re living in a virtual world right now). Even if you haven’t given the whole government aspect much thought, perhaps you would be motivated to help the city for a different reason.

The application deadline is less than a week away — 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29. Appointments will be made at the Jan. 10 City Council meeting. City Hall is closed tomorrow but you’ve got Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week to get in your application.

The Planning Commission has one seat available. The group typically meets monthly (at 6 p.m. on the third Monday) but the commitment for members will increase to twice per month for a stretch during the Comprehensive Plan update process. For all of the details and the application, click here.

The Budget Committee, which includes seven volunteers plus the City Council — and yes, that includes the mayor — needs three new members. These folks meet several times in the spring (five to seven times as needed from April to June) as the city prepares for its next fiscal year. At other times of the year, you would receive budget updates. Here’s the link for more details and the application.

That brings us to the Park Advisory Board. This city committee includes seven volunteers. The group advises city leadership on park-related issues and these are the folks behind the Music in the Park event, which has become a popular summertime activity since its launch. They meet at the second Thursday each month at 5 p.m. The city needs to fill two seats. For all of the details and the application, click here.

If the whole online application process is a little scary or you like putting pen to paper with these sorts of things, you can request an application from City Recorder Ruth Post. You can reach her via email at or on the phone at 541-929-6148.

So, that’s the scoop. If you’ve ever considered serving your city, here’s a chance to get involved.

(Brad Fuqua is publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He can be reached at